American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Mission and Goals

The Pro Bono committee works to persuade mediators, arbitrators and others to do pro bono dispute resolution work and to work with legal services and state bar and national pro bono offices to set up such programs and policies.


  • In February 2003 the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution adopted the following resolution:

    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution urges each mediator, arbitrator or other neutral to devote at least 50 hours annually to providing pro bono ADR services; attorneys who are not neutrals to devote a portion of their pro bono services to assisting needy litigants involved in ADR proceedings; and bar associations to credit such pro bono activities toward an attorney's mandatory or aspirational pro bono requirements.
  • Goals

    The goals for the pro bono committee are (1) to implement and follow-thru with the mini-grants that were awarded in May and (2) to assist with the expansion and improvement of pro bono ADR programs through outreach and educational programs.

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        Program Description: In this webinar, a mediator, in-house counsel and advocate will disclose strategies on whether and when to make opening statements, who should make opening statements, and how advocates and mediators use the opening to set the stage for a successful outcome. Participants will learn ...

        The Secret for Success in Negotiation: Preparation


        Program Description: Research has shown that the quality of a negotiator's preparation is the greatest factor in predicting negotiation success. This webinar will provide you with the essentials of a thorough preparation that will lead to the best possible negotiation outcome. A comprehensive and un-copyrighted ...

        Evaluations, Opinions, Observations and Comments: When and How Mediators Use Analytical Techniques


        Program Description: This webinar will teach participants when and why mediators use evaluative techniques and how parties and counsel can best make use of the techniques. The speakers will discuss whether it is ethical for mediators to evaluate, whether parties want evaluation and how traditional reality-testing ...

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